Thursday, January 27, 2011

Headwaters: Rio Tinto responds to questions on ore hauling plan

By Gabriel Caplett
Posted Jan. 26, 2011

MARQUETTE -- Following reporting by Headwaters that Rio Tinto’s original ore hauling transportation route for its Eagle Mine called for the company to access existing rail networks and avoid trucking transportation through city streets, the company now has a response.

The original plan [accessed by clicking here] called for the company to truck ore down county roads AAA, 510, and roughly 20 miles down 550, taking it to the LS and I railroad, north of Marquette. This original route would have allowed the company to avoid trucking through the Upper Peninsula’s busiest and most populated travel corridor: through city streets in Marquette, Negaunee, and Ishpeming, and a number of townships.

According to the company’s Manager of External Affairs, Matt Johnson, that original transportation plan has been clarified and amended, allowing Rio Tinto to truck its ore through the three cities, to the same active rail line in Humboldt, north of US-41/28. ... Read the rest of this article on Headwaters News.

Editor's Note: To a question from Keweenaw Now on whether Rio Tinto's Matt Johnson said why the original rail route, which avoided trucking through the cities mentioned above, was not feasible, Headwaters writer Gabriel Caplett replied Johnson would not say why.

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